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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

This Little Underground: Jackson Scott, Poster at Will's Pub

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 3:54 PM

click to enlarge Jackson Scott at Will's Pub - ASHLEY BELANGER
  • Ashley Belanger
  • Jackson Scott at Will's Pub

Geographically, Jackson Scott (May 25, Will’s Pub) is based in North Carolina, but he’s really from somewhere very much else. And who knows how long the twentysomething has been on this perma-trip of his, but he first blipped on the national radar in 2013 via Fat Possum, who released his debut album (Melbourne).

click to enlarge Jackson Scott at Will's Pub - ASHLEY BELANGER
  • Ashley Belanger
  • Jackson Scott at Will's Pub

On stage, his trio kicks out a fried kind of sunshine that scrambles nice pop melodies with eccentric instincts. His simple, pretty songs seldom stay that way, invariably bursting into blossoms of unpredictability eventually. Not all of it sticks but, given the often lax marksmanship of psychedelic music, his bull’s-eye moments of clarity and shine are notably frequent. Most importantly, it can never be accused of being ordinary.



click to enlarge Poster at Will's Pub - ASHLEY BELANGER
  • Ashley Belanger
  • Poster at Will's Pub

Perhaps the biggest surprise, however, was the one act on the bill I’d already seen before: Lakeland indie-rock band Poster. When I saw these kids back in January opening for St. Louis’ Bruiser Queen at St. Matthew’s, they were pleasant, but more promise than contender. Between then and now, however, something happened, something significant.

click to enlarge Poster at Will's Pub - ASHLEY BELANGER
  • Ashley Belanger
  • Poster at Will's Pub

They’ve gotten tighter, fuller and altogether more decisive. That’s a great thing because within those easy, ringing jangles is some fine, shimmering pop craft, maybe some of the best I’ve seen from the area’s current freshman class. They’re no-names right now but that ought to change. After this show, they move up into a new bracket on my list because this is a band that’s now got the stuff to start making some waves in the area. You’re unlikely to find cool-zephyr jams as perfect for summer as this. Cop some music for free here.


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